Wednesday, December 19, 2012
With trees, extra lights and candles in many homes this month, it's important to be aware of the fire hazards they present.
As beautiful as holiday trees and lights are, they present fire hazards many people may not be aware of. The American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts is urging homeowners to use extra caution this time of year to keep the season merry and to prevent holiday fires. The Red Cross provided the following tips to ensure a safe and happy holiday: Christmas Tree Care Holiday Lights and Decorations Holiday Candles
Sunday, December 16, 2012
It's a decision families make every year - are you willing to withstand the cold, sap and needles necessary for an 'authentic' Christmas?
Sure, everyone appreciates some good holiday decor. But have you ever been tempted to take it easy on yourself and purchase an artificial Christmas tree? Purists won't go near them, but for others, the thought of chopping down a tree - leaving needles, sap and leaking water in your living room - is not their idea of a happy holiday. Despite the hassle, real trees outsell their artificial cousins by more than a 3-to-1 margin each season, according to the National Christmas Tree Association. Bear in mind, of course, that artificial trees can be reused every year. Readers, what do you think? Are you undertaking the Griswold family tradition this year, or are will an artificial tree do the trick for your family?
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Beacon Hill's Christmas trees may be evergreen but not ever-loved.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Mike Dunphy
Sunday, January 9, 2011
In the first week of January 1964, author Richard Brautigan invited a few friends on a photography exhibition around San Francisco, taking 390 shots of discarded Christmas trees. “Those sad and abandoned Christmas trees really got on my conscience,” he wrote in dismay. “A week before it had been a kind of hero…now they were just being tossed out to lie there in the streets like bums.” A walk around Beacon Hill shows how little has changed in the past 46 years. Happily, Boston’s Department of Public Works will pick them up until January 14 and turn them in to compost. Just remove all the decorations (including the tinsel) and place them on the curb by 7:00 a.m. on recycling day. The department also asks that you do not place them in a …